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New M&S Simply Food store to open in Norwich creating 100 new jobs

PUBLISHED: 11:37 10 July 2014 | UPDATED: 17:34 10 July 2014

The new M&S Simply Food store under construction at the Sweetbriar Retail Park. Picture: Denise Bradley

The new M&S Simply Food store under construction at the Sweetbriar Retail Park. Picture: Denise Bradley

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A new food store which is set to open its doors in Norwich at the end of the month has created 100 jobs for the city.

Marks & Spencer (M&S) is opening its first M&S Simply Food store on Sweet Briar Retail Park, in the north of the city, later this month.

The 16,150sq ft store, based in the former Allied Carpets store, will stock up to 5,000 food and drink products and boasts an in-store bakery, a beers, wines and spirits shop and a 50-seat café.

It will also stock greeting cards, take party food orders and offers a service for people ordering clothes on the internet to pick-up them up in store.

Simon Rossiter, store manager, said: “We are thrilled to be bringing the very best of M&S food to Norwich later this month in what is our first M&S Simply Food opening in Norfolk.

“We’re confident that our quality offering will appeal to locals, as well as those living in the surrounding areas.

“We believe the new M&S Simply Food is a great addition to Sweet Briar Retail Park and we are especially pleased to be creating so many jobs in the area.

“We’re looking forward to welcoming our new customers into M&S Simply Food and seeing all we have to offer.”

The store will open at 10am on Wednesday, July 23 when Mr Rossiter and the 100 employees will cut a ribbon to officially mark the opening.

M&S Simply Food Sweet Briar Norwich will be open between 8am and 8pm on Monday to Saturday and 10.30am to 4.30pm on Sundays, with free parking available at the retail park.

• See tomorrow’s papers for an interview with Simon Rossiter.

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